Off Twitter

Last week, I attended the Agile 2019 conference. In the opening keynote speech, the speaker told a story about noticing that using Instagram made his wife sad. Although I’ve never used Instagram, I recognized something about myself in that story. About eighteen months ago, I deleted my Facebook account because it was depressing me. Lately, I’ve been feeling the same way about Twitter.

I rarely come away from a Twitter session energized or uplifted or inspired. The best I can hope for is that a video of cute animals doing cute things gives me a temporary smile. Mostly, though, Twitter is a stream of toxic sludge. Having realized that it wasn’t adding anything to my life, I logged out on every device I own.

Maybe this will be just another short social media sabbatical. Maybe I’ll find a way to make Twitter useful to me. But I already don’t miss it and I don’t see myself signing back in.

One thought on “Off Twitter

  1. T. L. Cooper August 13, 2019 / 2:23 pm

    Good for you, Sam!!! I wondered why you weren’t on Facebook anymore. I took a long sabbatical from social media last summer, and my life improved significantly. I feel myself getting pulled back in recently, and it makes me tempted to just stop using it altogether. At the very least, I’m going to do another sabbatical soon. Keep in touch!

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